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Happy new year, y'all! I simplified the thread title a bit this year - hope that's okay with you guys. If not, call the mods!

Let's start 2020 off right with this banger from late November:

Sarkodie - Oofeetsɔ ft. Prince Bright [Buk Bak]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbC-gCHMIdY

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 13:11 (six months ago) link

rolling Afropop / Afrobeats / Afrodance 2019

2019 thread for reference

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 14:38 (six months ago) link

bookmarking

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Thursday, 9 January 2020 09:11 (six months ago) link

That’s what you get for dragging your feet! Glad there’s a new thread tho.

If I can make one general request to everyone posting here: please add song info when you’re posting a YouTube or any other link. This not only makes it easier to search the thread, but also so many of these links go dead, often sooner than later, especially when they’re not the “official” ones (I mean, just have a look at last year’s thread).

Hope to be posting some stuff soon (there’s plenty!), if I can get myself in the right mindset.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 11:20 (six months ago) link

Okay, here goes:

longneck, that Sarkodie x Prince Bright track is a banger indeed. Talk about a pair of old hands... Buk Bak, the group Prince Bright started out in, made an azonto classic in 2012 with “Kolom”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPyqZ5Dub-Q
(and I only just now found out
that they were veterans even then.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:51 (six months ago) link

But back to the here and now: Give me a single reason why there wouldn’t be a new Nini album in 2020:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl36uos9Wrc
Niniola • Omo Rapala

Reminder: This song wasn’t nominated for the EOY, but “Boda Sodiq” was, so you can vote🔶 for that one!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:52 (six months ago) link

Califor...naija Love:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVte8a_2q80
Davido ft. WurlD, Naira Marley & Zlatan • Sweet in the Middle

Reminder: You can vote🔶 for the album it’s from in the EOY (as well as for the track “Disturbance” - too bad “Risky” wasn’t nominated).
Love how big African artists can now make albums that appeal both to their home market and the world at large, mainly because, unlike before, r&b/rap/urban(o) is more than ready to meet Afropop halfway.
I’m linking the Pitchfork review ufo mentioned in the 2019 thread because it’s a very good piece. Wish there was more writing on Afropop like this.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:56 (six months ago) link

More Naija: Fireboy DML is making good on the promise of “Jealous” (a song you should definitely vote🔶 for in the EOY). Kinda crazy, but his album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps is handsomely outstreaming both the Davido and the Starboy EP. And it’s only right, this is perfect Naija pop. The new video is for “Scatter”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtbwTgY3AIk

“Vibration” is the other big track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEV1awtNdOs

...but you should also definitely listen to “Gbas Gbos” (and by then you might want to vote🔶 for the album in the EOY - it’s been nominated, so go right ahead!)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:00 (six months ago) link

Will vote

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:13 (six months ago) link

👍 winning over the ILM electorate one voter at a time

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 18:58 (six months ago) link

"Jealous" is a strong contender for my #1 slot and I've never heard the album! Will have to rectify asap

rob, Thursday, 9 January 2020 21:17 (six months ago) link

It’s only been out for six weeks or so. I wasn’t too crazy about the follow-up singles to “Jealous”, so my expectations weren’t particularly high, but the album blew me away - and like I said, it’s not just me: besides being the #1 album in Nigeria, it’s also #1 in Ghana and Uganda, which is quite extraordinary for a rookie like him.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 22:14 (six months ago) link

Breastcrawl,do you (or someone else) think you could make a playlist of all the nom'd thread related tracks? As I think I mentioned I didn't have the time to nom anything this year and need to catch up on all of your faves.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 09:39 (five months ago) link

I have an overall South African playlist in the works, and I can make a rest-of-Africa tracks one too. Watch this space. Later today okay?

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 10:33 (five months ago) link

yay! (okay!)

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 12:10 (five months ago) link

So, I made a playlist with all the nominated SOUTH AFRICAN tracks and albums (including two tracks by non-SA artists with significant input by SA artists/producers: “That’s For Me” and “My Power”).

First the 36** nominated tracks, from “Sondela” to “John Cena”, and after that the 9 nominated albums, from Sho Madjozi down to Tresor, where we come full circle. I arranged both tracks and albums in an approximation of stylistic order.

Here’s the playlist:
ILM 2019 EOY🇿🇦SOUTH AFRICA

**Missing is Heavy K ft. Moonchild Sanelly’s “Yebo Mama”, which is not on Spotify. This is the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lmdn52afm2U

(...and a note regarding Kwiish SA’s “Iskhathi”: The original vocal version that I love so much seems to have disappeared completely (I think there was a rights issue). The “Vocal Version” that is on Spotify (and this playlist) is no longer the original vocal version with, you know, actual vocals. There is a video version with re-recorded vocals by Vukani, but it’s not nearly as good.)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:14 (five months ago) link

And as promised, I also made a playlist with the nominated [non-South African] AFROPOP tracks, and I threw in the albums as well. Again, it’s tracks first, albums second, 51 tracks and 19 albums to be precise.

It’s “pop” in the broadest sense: My focus was on the stuff that’s featured on this thread but I also included more leftfield stuff: DJ Nigga Fix, Hama and the four (!) Nyege Nyege Tapes albums that were nominated, and music that’s more within the remit of the Global Outernational thread, by KOKOKO!, Blick Bassy, Salif Keita, and Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba. Plus I included an exclusive Afropop cut of The Lion King: The Gift. And yeah, I basically excluded Afrodiasporic stuff.

Ultimately, it’s all a bit arbitrary obviously, and I might have missed some things, but whatever. So skip away and enjoy!

That playlist in full:
ILM 2019 EOY🔶AFROPOP NOMS

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:47 (five months ago) link

Apologies to DJ Nigga Fox for the typo. Here’s his nominated track “Vício” to make up for it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dM3tfr4aMY

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 22:20 (five months ago) link

Breastcrawl is the main reason I'd like a 'like post' feature :) Thanks! For these playlists, and for posting so much good music throughout the year.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 09:45 (five months ago) link

brilliant. thanks!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 10:37 (five months ago) link

You’re welcome, guys. Glad you appreciate it!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 11:01 (five months ago) link

listening to the Fireboy album now and would recommend anyone doing likewise to skip the opening track which is, IMO, just on the wrong side of corny. Also this way you start with Vibration

rob, Thursday, 16 January 2020 15:01 (five months ago) link

Good tip, but... (how) did you like the album?

breastcrawl, Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:05 (five months ago) link

I didn't get all the way to the end but I liked what I heard. It's very mellow; no surprise there, but it kind of washed over me. I will probably give it another chance soon I think

rob, Thursday, 16 January 2020 23:28 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebZ7Ng1okCg

Yo Pe (Remix), the hit from Innoss'B and Diamond Platnumz wasn't posted in the 2019 thread, so I'm throwing some East-Eastern vibes to start off the thread.

Nabozo, Sunday, 19 January 2020 14:02 (five months ago) link

I've been sleeping on Skales for a while but these two Oliver Twists are pretty good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc1Qy85kRc4

Remix:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcLKy9sBXgM

Official video for the remix will be out in a couple of hours:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uszx3CwUASQ

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 24 January 2020 10:36 (five months ago) link

This is exactly what I want to hear right now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asuw9E1CY3U

Diamond Platnumz ft. Teni • Sound

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 22:19 (five months ago) link

longneck, are you familiar with this track (and the EP its from)?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5ShVeGKOLY
Alpha P • Paloma

He’s not just any old Rema copycat, these two go way back (and he was the singer, Rema the rapper!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KewSzDxZzdo

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 10:21 (five months ago) link

So... this is certainly interesting. Never heard of him before but the similarities are striking, yes,

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 10:54 (five months ago) link

So basically Rema jacked his partner's style, huh? lol. I really like Paloma though. Thanks, breastcrawl!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 11:04 (five months ago) link

maybe he’s jacking Rema back for jacking him first? I’m not sure, in that 2015 clip Alpha sounds more like early Wizkid.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 21:51 (five months ago) link

But anyway, there it is: the first attempt known to man at NaijaPiano:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT9GvDEnprI
Adekunle Gold x DJ Tunez • Kelegbe Megbe (Remix)

(you may know the original from last year’s thread - or from the EOY noms playlist)

We’re not exactly at Kabza level here yet, the vocal is buried too much in the mix for starters, but I’ve been waiting for this to happen and God knows how Naija pop might be sounding in a year’s time. Remember what Uhuru-wave and gqom>shagqom shaku did for Naija pop?

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 21:52 (five months ago) link

Yeah I heard and dismissed it, lol. The original version is awesome though.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 21:58 (five months ago) link

I appreciate the effort much more than the outcome. Blissed out is not an easy sound to achieve.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:05 (five months ago) link

can't listen to that right now but gonna take it as retroactive vindication of my saying "Kelegbe Megbe" sounded like the Nigerian wing of the House of Sun El

dubious self-otms aside: yesss, I am ready for blissed out naija!

rob, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:14 (five months ago) link

It’s not that it’s bad - I just prefer remixes that improve on the original tune. And this particular one was already perfect.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:22 (five months ago) link

xp

fucking hell, you’re right, I remember! I guess it was destined to have this role in NaijaPiano history. Check out this (condensed) sequence from last year’s thread:

Can’t wait to hear what NaijaPiano is going to sound like.
― breastcrawl, zondag 30 juni 2019 1:27

Digging the new Adekunle Gold, “Kelegbe Megbe (Know Your Level)”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MucSft25l6I
― breastcrawl, maandag 1 juli 2019 23:32

Playing catch-up this morning. That Adekunle Gold track "Know Your Level" is really good--great to see it as I haven't enjoyed much he's done in a long time. It would fit nicely in the Nigerian wing of the House of Sun-El
― rob, donderdag 11 juli 2019 15:39

That’s a connection I would never have made! Not sure I can hear it like that though, it feels more of a piece with the Burna stuff to me.
― breastcrawl, donderdag 11 juli 2019 18:20

Yeah it's not like a huge break from other naija stuff or anything, but Gold is such a gentle presence (compared to someone like Burna) and, especially, the little break at 2:00 gives me some of the same feeling as...whatever we'd call that Sun-El microgenre. If that moment was stretched out I think it would connect even more strongly.
― rob, donderdag 11 juli 2019 18:30


lol

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:36 (five months ago) link

good call, rob!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:37 (five months ago) link

Is it just me or could this Mr Eazi "Kpalanga" go on for another few minutes?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHHCX_Y1blM

rob, Saturday, 1 February 2020 18:55 (five months ago) link

Oh wow, damn that’s good! Killertunes continuing down the “Doyin” trail (another song that was way too short btw). Probably my favourite Naija single of the year so far.
Tekno must be jealous - and I’m not just saying that because of the “kpalanga” connection.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 February 2020 20:44 (five months ago) link

"Kpalanga" was the first song on the apple music Africa Now playlist I listened to today, and it is great!

juntos pedemos (Euler), Saturday, 1 February 2020 20:49 (five months ago) link

The new Runtown is viiiibes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvGoaq3t_xs

Runtown ft. Darkovibes & Bella Shmurda • Body Riddim (produced by Del B)

This guy is due for a real comeback - I was lukewarm on last year's EP.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 February 2020 21:37 (five months ago) link

Both of those are very nice. I posted this Burna banga over in the other thread but it deserves its place in here as well.

Nappy & Burna Boy - Aye
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCXjRUasA48

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 1 February 2020 23:23 (five months ago) link

Speaking of gorgeous Killertunes productions, I never posted “My Lady” by Ghanaian singer King Promise last year, but I did nominate it and me and two others voted for it. Beautiful song, he’s such a strong melocidist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ76p4_RrOw

breastcrawl, Sunday, 2 February 2020 13:25 (five months ago) link

I definitely voted for it. One of my favourite tunes from last year. It’s the 2019 Mad Over You in my book.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 2 February 2020 14:00 (five months ago) link

I definitely voted for it. One of my favourite tunes from last year. It’s the 2019 Mad Over You in my book.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 2 February 2020 14:02 (five months ago) link

(Sorry for the dp - network issues)

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 2 February 2020 14:11 (five months ago) link

Rundown track is excellent, love the glistening slide guitar plus those wah-wah squelches

rob, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:54 (five months ago) link

Anyone else catch the soukous beat during Super Bowl halftime? That has to be a first (@ 0:34)

That was incredible, @jlo + @shakira! 👏 #PepsiHalftime #SBLIV

SOON: Fans can relive their favorite moments from the #PepsiHalftime show HERE https://t.co/TegS1TZFKy pic.twitter.com/1HkRu99cRR

— NFL (@NFL) February 3, 2020

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 3 February 2020 16:11 (five months ago) link

Wrote on the Rolling Global thread:

Shakira At Super Bowl halftime used the Congo instrumental song Icha by Syran Mbenza. The guitar solo is by Lokassa Ya Mbongo I am reading on twitter. Colombian champeta is drawn from Congolese rumba in part.

curmudgeon, Monday, 3 February 2020 18:03 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn1OV2RStGU
WurlD - National Anthem (Growing Wings)

Follow-up on his EP with Sarz. It's more "Nigerian", has some nice touches.

Nabozo, Thursday, 4 June 2020 12:35 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVYp5qky--s

Manny Norté, 6LACK, Rema, Tion Wayne - 4AM (feat. Love Renaissance)
An Atlanta, London, and Lagos collide, shot in Ghana.

Nabozo, Friday, 5 June 2020 11:11 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QQI50J1Igk
Zlatan, Papisnoop, Jamopyper - Unripe Pawpaw

Nabozo, Friday, 5 June 2020 11:25 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NnjbS3RLCc
Yung L featuring WizKid - Eve Bounce (Remix)
Weird use of a Let me blow your mind sample buried in the mix but the song is good

Nabozo, Sunday, 7 June 2020 10:22 (one month ago) link

Mut4y and new singer Elhi have an EP out. The single is Feeling U but it's a consistent set of songs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOwz1J84vdw

Nabozo, Monday, 8 June 2020 12:15 (one month ago) link

obsessed w the new Wande Coal "Again"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67J_MwJIQOs

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 08:22 (one month ago) link

There's a remix with Wizkid and Ceeza Milli (of Soco): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjlFPt0imUE

Also like this one from last year, don't know if it was posted
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxosuWSUels
TDM / Wande Coal / Sarz - Tofunmi (2019)

Nabozo, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 10:37 (one month ago) link

“Again” took a while to grow on me, but I’m loving it now.

That is not an official remix btw, it’s Ceeza (just him, not Wizkid) freestyling/vibing on Wande’s track), as posted on his Insta.

Ceeza’s most recent single does feature Wizkid though:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCYp9OIF9FY
Ceeza Milli ft. Wizkid • Shayo

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 19:52 (one month ago) link

Other songs (besides “Again” that is) from Nigeria’s top 10:

Adekunle Gold • Something Different:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whptJMsHQVI
Congrats to Adekunle and Simi on their first child.

Bad Boy Timz • MJ:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcw4QJWD0MY
SO much MJ in African pop right now (and not just there of course, see “Tootsie Slide”)

Omah Lay • Bad Influence:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CSZKpQ0J5s
In fact, EVERY SINGLE track of his Get Layd* EP is in the top 10 right now. Not quite sure what happened there.

(*don't we have a thread for titles like that?)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 19:57 (one month ago) link

Your semi-regular Naija*piano update:

Kiddominant ft. Cassper Nyovest • eWallet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSm0LksthLw

Airboy • Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozeacunsQTo

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 10:40 (one month ago) link

add in this one as well:

Philkeyz • Rhythm nd Bass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlEWTTpQy4U

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 10:44 (one month ago) link

Mr Eazi duets with King Promise on “Baby I’m Jealous” from his new 4-track EP, with Guilty Beatz producing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIHw6xfzZbM

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 11 June 2020 20:47 (one month ago) link

GuiltyBeatz even

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 11 June 2020 20:47 (one month ago) link

excellent

Spottie, Thursday, 11 June 2020 20:59 (one month ago) link

so no one called me out on "Tootsie R... Slide"? disappointed in you folx.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 12 June 2020 20:31 (one month ago) link

Back to the matter at hand - Juls and Randy Valentine bringing serious vibes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kqLKkC6qZg
“Wata”

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 12 June 2020 21:00 (one month ago) link

btw, good to see Zlatan's "Unripe Pawpaw" here - we've been seriously sleeping on zanku in this and last year's threads (cough Naira Marley cough cough).

currently digging this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkJI43tNxrw
Abramsoul ft. Eleniyan • Colo

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 14 June 2020 20:03 (four weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMoFDGKDw6c
E Kelly feat Joeboy - Oreke

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp2VhLClSUU
Ladipoe feat Simi - Know You

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJBgtu_zqSc
Viktoh feat Zlatan - Nor Nor

And since it's this period
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnA0Z5WssYg
Shirazee - Tired

I've been listening more to Buju's Spiritual and Ohema than Lenu (remix). I'm also discovering a new "family" of artists I wasn't aware of with King Perryy, Show Dem Camp, Odunsi, Soft, Dremo, Melvitto...

Nabozo, Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:32 (three weeks ago) link

brand new Fireboy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5I55D90RbY
Fireboy DML • New York City Girl

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 22 June 2020 22:45 (three weeks ago) link

brand new Rema:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRweltAO-zg
Rema • Ginger Me

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 10:17 (two weeks ago) link

The return of the artist formerly known as Santi. It’s some good shit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxV3SPQpdcg
Cruel Santino ft. Octavian • End Of The Wicked

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 11:17 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh3QegGVlCY
GreyC - Ibadi (prod. Mystro)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYBWrQumfVg
Burna Boy - Wonderful

Nabozo, Sunday, 28 June 2020 14:59 (two weeks ago) link

hey everyone. I'm in a bad signal area but have we talked about Moonchild Sanelly's new song Bashiri yet?

https://youtu.be/9RBsGd3eXBw

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Sunday, 28 June 2020 17:16 (two weeks ago) link

“Bashiri” is great, also liking the Greyc. “Wonderful” is being discussed (but not nearly enough!) on the Burna/African Giant thread.

Telz, the guy who produced the new Burna, also did this track off prettyboydo (or Prettyboy D-O, whatever)’s new EP Wildfire, which is excellent:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fy4sNF0_q4
prettyboydo ft. Olamide • Wetin You Smoke

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 June 2020 19:04 (two weeks ago) link

This beat is, this beat is, this beat is getting busy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh86KtnpndY
Sun Tai La ft. Tulenkey • Aboa Tintin

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 11:29 (one week ago) link

I'm a few weeks behind, but "Again" is really good, has that same too-short quality that "Kpalanga" has--a good trick to get those repeat plays!

I also really like that Bad Boy Timz "MJ" song, really beautiful bass

rob, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:10 (one week ago) link

"MJ" was another slow burner for me (just like "Again", what a perfect little song) - there's two remixes out now as well, one with Teni and one with Mayorkun, which I like best:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QwJmttoGIo

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:23 (one week ago) link

^noted those as well. I tried the Teni for one for a few secs but wasn't grabbed, will check out the Mayorkun later

this Juls "Wata" song is super cool, almost verges on Francis Bebey territory

rob, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:27 (one week ago) link

oh dang, a remix yet

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:44 (one week ago) link

From last year, never heard it before, but it sounds like the best thing ever right now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-X6XD3Fuh0
Sound Sultan ft. Olu Maintain, Teni & Mr. Real • Odo

(all well-known artists, two veterans and two relatively new ones - how this video gets only 212 views in 9 months between the four of them is a mystery)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 20:29 (one week ago) link

A friend of mine sent me this Ebo Taylor track and asked for similar stuff. This is way outside my wheelhouse, so looking for any guidance from the Afro hive. Is there a good comp or playlist I can point him to (and check out myself)? Any of the more current Afrobeat artists have a similar vibe? I sent him Indestructible Beat of Soweto but think that misses the mark...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvbRC5C8JQg

Indexed, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 17:23 (one week ago) link

There's a lot to choose from in terms of vintage 60s/70s West African music. First off, a few Ebo Taylor albums were reissued pretty recently. Some good comps include: Strut's Nigeria 70s series and on Soundway, the Nigeria Special comps plus Ghana Special and the Ghana Soundz comps.

I'd start with the first Nigeria Special comp: https://www.discogs.com/Various-Nigeria-Special-Modern-Highlife-Afro-Sounds-Nigerian-Blues-1970-6/master/53871

There are contemporary artists who draw on vintage stuff to some degree, but I suspect your friend won't want to immediately jump into that.

rob, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 18:11 (one week ago) link

That particular Ebo Taylor track is reggae, no? Which isn't what he's mostly known for. I have a vague notion lots of Nigerian artists flirted with the genre, tho the only concrete example I can come up with is
"Jahojah Comfort Me" by Pazy & The Black Hippies.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 2 July 2020 09:33 (one week ago) link

brb copyrighting the term “Remapiano”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt8d-4IMAXs
Rema • Woman

(Forthcoming album alert: Rema is now dropping a new song every week. Last week’s “Alien” is also good)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 July 2020 07:15 (one week ago) link

my Spotify playlist for tracking and tracing amapiano’s influence on West-African pop:

🇳🇬🇬🇭🇿🇦NAIghAPIANO🎹🎹

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 July 2020 07:24 (one week ago) link

I saw a lot of people hating on Alien online - they don't want to hear him rapping, lol

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 3 July 2020 08:31 (one week ago) link

Anyways, followed!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 3 July 2020 08:32 (one week ago) link

in case you want to sing along:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=witjmEEV7Es

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 July 2020 14:04 (one week ago) link

More NaijaPiano news: DJ Tunez, a trailblazer on the NaijaPiano front (see upthread for examples), just released his all-piano EP Love Language Vol. 1. It actually features 5, 6, 7+ minutes tracks, which is perfectly normal in South African house of course, but probably a first in contemporary Nigerian pop (well, there was that extended version of "Maradona", clocking in at 5'03, but that was probably aimed at the SA market).

He’s doing this stuff together with D3an, an EDM producer, a rarity in Nigeria - DJ Tunez himself is someone who spins the tunes and fronts the records, he’s never actually produced them to my knowledge - unless he’s recently upped his skills.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 July 2020 19:22 (one week ago) link

Tanzania interim report:

Section I: Bringing the bongo flava:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFGoCIOQKPY
Rayvanny ft. Diamond Platnumz • Amaboko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qwLTgPmFDA
Eddy Manda ft. Marioo • Mwendo

Section II: Supplying the singeli spice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJj5_3x0qWM
BillNass ft. Meja Kunta • Huna Baya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWbDAHF-pUc
Sholo Mwamba • Anataka Uma (two years old, but new on Spotify)

(these beats are exhilarating but the musical soundscape can be so pretty too, check those piano sprinklings in “Anataka Uma” and what happens in “Huna Baya” around the 2-minute mark. man, I love “Huna Baya”)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 July 2020 21:20 (one week ago) link

This one is so good too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaJ2a-vSGVg
Rj The Dj ft. Meja Kunta • Acha Nilewe

Did you know it was about drinking, a lot?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 July 2020 21:36 (one week ago) link

Gqom isn’t dead, it might be on the verge of a comeback in fact. This is the big gqom hit this year in SA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E_tnuq2IZQ
Mshayi ft. Mr. Thela & T-Man • iParty

More like a classic iFootballMatch – a banging first half, and then things *really* take off after that cup of tea at halftime.

Getting down to the best part:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIVGQnD7NEI

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 July 2020 22:00 (one week ago) link

This one is blowing up as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4ODy3KLwKc
Master Dee ft. Sdudla Somdantso • Rebellion

That farfisa-like synth sound swirling through and over it all is spectacular.

It’s actually a remix of the original 2019 version with Mr Vee Sholo (who is on the remix as well, I’m guessing, but no longer tagged). I might prefer the original - it’s more focused perhaps?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 July 2020 22:22 (one week ago) link

xxxxxxxxxxp thanks Rob

Indexed, Monday, 6 July 2020 14:07 (one week ago) link

Friday favourites:

1) finally a new Amaarae - very good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU6TgShlJDw
Amaarae • Leave Me Alone (co-produced by Kuvie)

2) Motown Tiwa - brilliant stuff:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xWEh1nW1gQ
Tiwa Savage • Dangerous Love (produced by Cracker “Jealous” Mallo)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 10 July 2020 11:00 (three days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBDupJtO3LA
Dj Boat & Kobi Jonz - Call Melanin
Both based in the US (I think DJ Boat is the one who curates that massive afrobeats playlist on spotify)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwGybat7Ivk
Kobi Jonz - Coca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx6E9Shpkn0
Buju - Commander (from last year, now a single)

Nabozo, Saturday, 11 July 2020 11:23 (two days ago) link

I've returned a lot to Eve Bounce - still so much potential to cross deep dancehall production with afrobeats, I miss that side of the music.

Nabozo, Saturday, 11 July 2020 11:34 (two days ago) link

Not sure how well it fits into this thread, but I've recently become obsessed with Ugandan drumming unit Nihiloxica: https://nihiloxica.bandcamp.com/album/kaloli

Would love to know what other artists milk a similar vibe.

dillamonster, Sunday, 12 July 2020 05:31 (yesterday) link

I’m not into them enough to know. There’s those percussion-based bands from DRC, KOKOKO! and Konono No. 1 before them, but their vibe is different, I think.
Are you familiar with the Uganda-based Nyege Nyege Tapes label? It’s where Nihiloxica released their previous album and EP. They might have other stuff you like (although for instance Tanzanian singeli is obv a different kettle of fish).

(btw I know dog latin likes Nihiloxica a lot, and two other posters were raving about the current album on the Rolling Global Outernational thread just this week)

I like “Black Kaheera”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=104HtCkswEs

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 12 July 2020 09:19 (yesterday) link

Nabozo, “Red” from Adey’s new Akiba EP is built around two smashes from the early 00s (both Caribbean in this case) just like “Eve Bounce”, but crucially lacks the “deep dancehall production” you mention, so ymmv.

Good EP btw, Adey is a producer by origin, most famous for doing Ycee’s “Juice”. He also produced one my favourite tracks of this year, “Trouble” by DRB Lasgidi and Tems.

“Bomo” and “Fugazi” are the highlights imo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_HCvFYsUSE
Adey ft. WANI • Fugazi

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 12 July 2020 11:49 (yesterday) link


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